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  1. Gluten Sensitivity: Fact or Fad?

    Feb. 20, 2012 -- Move over fat, salt, and sugar. There’s a new dietary villain in town and its name is gluten. Scan the grocery aisles and it’s impossible to miss the proliferation of products proclaiming that they are “gluten-free.” Pick up a magazine or go online and you are likely to read about y

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  2. Panel to Ponder Fate of Qnexa Weight Loss Pill

    Feb. 17, 2012 -- Once rejected by the FDA over safety concerns, the weight loss pill Qnexa on Wednesday will get a second chance before an FDA advisory committee. Will the second time around be the charm? Qnexa maker Vivus Inc. hopes so. And the company will be showing off new safety data from patie

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  3. Fructose Off the Hook for Overweight and Obesity?

    Feb. 20, 2012 -- When it comes to weight gain, fructose should not be singled out for blame, a new review of the scientific literature suggests. The review, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows that excessive calories -- and not any unique properties of fructose -- are more likely to lead to ex

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  4. A Common Organic Sweetener May Boost Arsenic Levels in Foods

    Feb. 16, 2012 -- Organic brown rice syrup, a popular sweetener in organic and gluten-free foods -- including  some formulas made for toddlers -- is a source of the toxin arsenic, a new study shows. Experts say regularly eating foods that use organic brown rice syrup as a main ingredient could expose

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  5. Mediterranean Diet May Protect Brain

    Feb 13, 2012 -- Chalk up another possible benefit to following a Mediterranean diet. A new study suggests that people who follow a Mediterranean-style diet have less small blood vessel damage in the brain. The Mediterranean diet is based on the diets of the populations bordering the Mediterranean Se

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  6. Would You Like to ‘Downsize' That?

    Feb. 8, 2012 -- Forget “supersize that." Tulane University marketing professor Janet Schwartz, PhD, would like fast-food restaurants to instead ask their customers if they’d like to “downsize that." Instead of asking, “Would you like fries with that?” Schwartz says, fast-food restaurants could make

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  7. Bread and Other Common Foods Top List of Sodium Culprits

    Feb. 7, 2012 -- About 90% of us get too much sodium every day, and most of it comes from common restaurant or grocery store items, the CDC reports. The No. 1 culprit? Bread and rolls. Ten foods are responsible for 44% of all of the sodium we get. These include: Breads and rolls Luncheon meats such a

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  8. Heart Hormone Linked to Calorie-Burning Brown Fat

    Feb. 6, 2012 -- You may have heard about brown fat -- a unique type of fat that acts like a furnace in the body to burn calories instead of storing them as excess weight. Adults don’t have much brown fat, but a new study suggests that hormones produced by the heart just might help them make more. Re

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  9. People Pleasers May Overeat at Parties

    Feb. 3, 2012 -- People pleasers may want to steer clear of this weekend’s Super Bowl parties in order to avoid a dietary fumble. A new study shows people who have a strong desire to please others tend to overeat in social situations, even if they’re not hungry. They’re also more likely to indulge in

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  10. Eating Behavior May Be Shaped by Who You Eat With

    Feb. 2, 2012 -- How you eat may depend on who you’re eating with, according to a study published in the online journal PLoS ONE. Diners who eat together, the authors report, tend to mirror each other, taking bites of food at the same time. They call it behavioral mimicry, or “the process in which a

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